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Emily Cooley – The Accidental Athlete

I’m an accidental athlete. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in sports, let alone running. I was more interested in drama and choir. It wasn’t until college when I joined the rowing team (much to my family’s surprise), that I developed a love for pushing my body. After college, marriage and kids, I put my […]

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Jenna the Intern – We Give her an A+

  When I was young, I remember two things bringing me tremendous joy: dancing and fashion. It was when I would twirl around my room, swept into audacious rhythms and beats that I felt truly free. The sensation of pairing different colors and fabrics together gave me a similar sense of elation. Both activities gave […]

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My New Starting Line: TransRockies Run

Last year I went through one of the most emotionally disruptive events of my life – divorce after 18 years of marriage. At my lowest point I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t walk through the grocery store without bursting into tears. And the glass of wine I looked forward to each evening began to push me […]

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Stories from the Back of the Pack – DFL ❤️

Q: “What if everyone passes me and I end up last?” – Commonly asked question among beginner runners… A: We asked our community to share their thoughts of what it means to be DFL (Dead Freaking Last) to them. Andrea S: Two quick ones (as someone who came in close to last in her first triathlon […]

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Stretching: Is it really important?

“What sort of stretches or recovery do I need to be doing?” – Jessie O Answer from Coach Kareen Lawson Stretching is an important part of any fitness routine and it is usually the first thing we skip when we are pressed for time. It is better to shorten your run a bit to make […]

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Running and Bathroom Troubles

“What about bathroom troubles? A newbie’s worst nightmare at times!” – Roberta B.E. From the expert, Dezza C. It’s not just a newbie concern. I’ve been running for more than a decade now, and this is one of my nightmares! There I am in the middle of my run or a big race event and […]

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What Gear You Really Need to Start Running

“What do I really need to do this? Do I have to have a fancy watch? Special socks? Special clothes? Sounds expensive.” – Christa G.B. Advice from Coach Tracy Thelen: Yay! You signed up for your first race. Or you are looking to jump up in distance for a new challenge. Now comes the hard […]

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From the Inside out: 13er/5k/10k Nutrition Tip #1

“What do I need to know about nutrition when I’m training for my first running race?”  — Said every first-time runner before she started training! Answer by Nutritionist and Skirt Ambassador Donna Giovenco All runners need to understand that good nutrition should be an important part of training, as hydration, what to eat and when, […]